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Manuals | March 12, 2009

How-To Guide

How to Use the Cluster Approach for Capacity Building in Schools

These guidelines explore the ways that peer-to-peer learning networks of teachers and administrators can overcome many of the challenges traditionally associated with in-service training for education professionals.

The publication presents a basic methodology for setting up school clusters and describes some of the exciting dynamics that are created within a cluster, such as appreciation of individual strengths, friendly competition among teachers and schools, and ownership of their own professional development. This process can be transformational for a teacher, and by extension, the school and the children who learn there.


  • Letter from CRS Educational Advisors

  • Letter from CRS/India Country Representative

  • Introduction

  • Background

  • The Cluster Approach

  • How to Build Capacity of Teachers and Schools

  • Implementing the Cluster Approach

  • Overcoming Challenges

  • Field Story